Friday, January 15, 2010

Who's More Agile - CSI-V or Leverage?

The Leverage team is all specialists, no real diffusion of knowledge or skills.  Of course, now they've got Seven of Nine, who's used to mind-melding....

The CSI-Vegas team all seem to know and do just about everything - including when to call themselves cops and when not to.  (This struck me in the latest episode [two dead pseudo-hookers and a pseudo-Jekyll] when Catherine was running a major lab op to get fingerprints off a DB with neither of the med examiners in sight.)  There have been learning experiences - when Greg (and later, Hodges) left the lab for field investigations.

Given that CSI-V has an aura of forensic science (in spite of - don't get me started - a major absurd fail at the MSI exhibit last year) and an imaginary lab to drool over, it does have some educational moments.  Leverage has its post-hoc scam "reveals" - clever, but it's not in the same league.

Character personalities are front and center in Leverage and tend a bit more toward cartoons. CSI-V is darker (in all ways).

Toward the end of Dollhouse (just watched the penultimate episode),  a team gels.  The distortion here is that skills are "learned" instantly via technomagic.

Bones  has the scientific aura of CSI-V and the rigid specialization of Leverage

Okay - so I love these shows, but there's an issue here:  pop culture inevitably provides role models.  Are they good models for real work teams?

P.S. What is it about the techies' names on these shows?  Bones has Hodgins (although Angela's the software geek), CSI-V has Hodges (who seems to have taken over Archie's responsibilities), and Hardison on Leverage is played by an actor  named Hodge.

P.P.S.  CSI-NY is a yawner and CSI-Miami is an obscenity - I won't even link to them.


Where have I been lately? Looking for an "engagement" and Railing on my linguistics hobby.

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